The motto “reduce, reuse, recycle” is reverberating in all of our heads these days, as the world grows increasingly environmentally-friendly in response to environmental threats such as global warming, greenhouse gases and massive toxicity. Though the government has yet to enforce strict standards regarding recycling, citizens are taking it upon themselves to utilize and invent new recycling endeavors. It’s not just individual citizens that are implementing recycling standards, private companies are also pledging to follow strict environmental standards in the creation of their offices and products. Pro-Techs Surfacing is certainly on the cutting edge of environmentally-friendly companies. We utilize recycled materials in a variety of our playground flooring options. In order to understand how big of a deal this is, we’ll explore just how good recycled materials are for the environment and how effective they are, especially when used commercially. Read on to discover the full benefits here.
For the purpose of this blog, we will consider the benefits of using recycled materials for building projects. However, recycled materials are obviously used for industries other than just construction. They are used in the creation of household products, artwork, textiles and much, much more. However, since Pro-Techs Surfacing regards the (amazing) construction of playgrounds and their subsequent floors, we will look at how recycled material usage impacts construction endeavors, as that is more apt.
One big reason that using recycling materials for construction is so effective in being environmentally friendly is that it limits the amount of waste going into landfills, which are notorious space-wasters and so, so bad for the environment. It’s obvious that construction waste is a major source of waste in general, as the waste utilized in construction is of a larger size and volume. When recycled materials are used however, a lot of the products come straight from a landfill or other waste center and subsequently, space is freed up- space that can be used for more than just garbage. Trees can be planted, lives can be lived, the opportunities are endless for the new space. Another way in which utilizing recycled materials for construction purposes is so beneficial is that it negates a strong need for raw materials. Raw materials are usually key ingredients in construction projects, but they are limited resources, meaning they won’t always be around and the more they are consistently utilized, the less of them there will be in the world. You may not be aware of all the many raw materials used in construction. Some include: fired bricks and clay blocks, concrete, fabric, foam, glass, gypsum concrete, metal, plastic and cement composites (although there are obviously many, many more options). By using recycled materials, it cuts down on the need for raw materials to be utilized in construction, as they so often are. A few other benefits of recycled materials are: reduced manufacturing costs, lower transportation costs, avoiding volatile elements, less environmental costs and an overall contribution to the world. If you are interested in any of these benefits, contact Pro-Techs Surfacing for all your playground flooring needs today!